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how do fruits and vegetables get their water?Why do fruits and vegetables need water?Does the water in the fruits and vegetables affect its growth?What does the water in the fruits and vegetables consist of?At what point do fruits and vegetables stop getting water?Does the quality of water in fruit and vegetables change and why?

The roots of fruit and vegetable plants take in the water, which is one part needed for the plants to grow, along with sun.  If the plant receives too much water, the roots will rot and the plant will stop growing and eventually die.  The plant will also stop growing, and possibly die, with too little water.  The two main elements in water are hydrogen and oxygen. Visit our Gardening How-To Guide for all of your gardening questions!

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